Scripture Reflection

 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 NASB

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Devotion

I love looking at ‘Before and After’ photos. They’re so inspiring!

They bring us hope. They imply incredible stories of transformation and triumphing in the face of adversity. They remind us of what is possible when we remain committed to our goals.

What the photos don’t show us is all the work involved to make that after photo possible. The picture does not reflect the process; the sacrifice, the sweat, and the submission to God.

A photo can’t show how they back-slid dozens of times; how they wanted to quit; how they felt discouraged, and they had many moments of doubt.

It’s the parts we choose to forget. The parts we’re not so proud of but they are necessary in order to create the after photo.

As much as we would love to, we can't just photoshop the after photo. We've got to put in the work. That's where the real reward it. God does His best work in the period between the before and after photo.

When we’re in the middle of our health and weight releasing journey, it can be hard to think of the getting to the end. Yet the scripture above reminds us of the process. It reminds us that our transformation happens in incremental degrees. Step by step, from glory to glory. It also reminds us that it is the Lord who transforms us.

If you're stuck in a messy middle right now, remember the 'after' photo. Remember how sweet that after photo will look.

As you spend time in the Word, you will be transformed bit by bit into His image and likeness.

Get ready for the most amazing after photo ever!!!

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Action

Take a photo of yourself to remind yourself that this is what it looks like on the journey. Reaffirm your commitment to make it to the finish line. Acknowledge the process remind yourself that you are moving through-- you have no plans of staying where you currently are. Acknowledge your successes out loud and thank God for holding your hand and walking with you through the journey.

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Declarations

I am confident that I will continue on this journey until God's vision for my life has been fulfilled.

I practice patience, knowing that the work God's is doing in my life will take time.

I embrace my messy middle knowing that God is with me in the midst and He will never leave me or forsake me.

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Questions for Reflection

1.  How is the Lord transforming you from glory to glory, despite your current situation?

2.  Imagine your after photo? What do you see in the photo? Use the template attached to think about your 'after' photo. This is a snapshot of how your life will look once you've achieved your healthy weight - Vision Template

3.  If you could see yourself as God sees you, how would you look?

4. In light of this future snapshot, what will you do today to move through your messy middle?

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Join the Discussion

Share Your Vision Here

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Supplication 

Heavenly Father, I thank you for transforming us from glory to glory. When I feel like I'm stuck, remind me that I am never alone because you are always with me. Remind me that you always go before me and strengthen me. I thank you for giving me clarity in the midst of the difficulties, trials, and temptations. I thank you I only need to keep my eyes and my mind fixed on you and it is there that I will find focus, strength, clarity, and peace for this journey. I'm excited for my after photo! You've given me a vision for my future and it looks so bright as your light shines brightly on me.

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Mediation Scriptures

Romans 8:29. "For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren." NIV

Philippians 3:21. "Who will transform [a]the body of our humble state into conformity with [b]the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself." NIV

1 John 3:2. "Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is." NIV

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